British actor Sir Michael Caine will be the special guest of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the opening ceremony.
Michael Caine will present his latest film, the comedy drama Best Sellers (2021), director Lina Roessler’s feature film debut in which he portrays a cranky old author who sets out on one final book tour.
The festival will also honor actor, producer and musician Johnny Depp for his “significant contributions to film throughout his expansive career.” To honor Depp, the festival will screen his most recent cinematic producer credits, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) and Minamata (2020)
“We’re incredibly honored to welcome to the Festival an icon of the contemporary cinema,” said KVIFF’s executive director Krystof Mucha and the Festival’s artistic director Karel Och. “We’ve admired Mr. Depp for such a long time and are thrilled to bestow this honor on him.”
At the closing ceremony, the KVIFF President’s Award which the festival honors local filmmakers, will be presented to Oscar-winning Czech film director Jan Svěrák. Svěrák will also personally present his film The Ride, which won the 1995 Crystal Globe for Best Film at the 30th edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF.
The festival will close with the psychological thriller film The Nest, directed by Sean Durkin and starring Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Charlie Shotwell, Oona Roche, and Adeel Akhtar.
In the film, Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison’s horses and plans to build a stable. Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.
Watch the official trailer for The Nest.